Japanese bronze fox seated with crossed paws, signed with chiselled characters under the base Hideaki saku 秀明作, with a tomobako wood storage box, Meiji Period 1868-1912.
The Kitsune 狐 (Japanese fox) often features in Japanese tales.
The legendary animal is Inari's messenger (the Shinto deity of rice) and
is believed to possess superior intelligence and magical powers making it capable of shape shifting into human forms.
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